The new day of appreciation will be marked by an online international conference, in-person events, and “Survivors Shabbats.”
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“If you look at the Holocaust without that triumphant, redemptive story arc, you have to grapple with the randomness of what happens to people.”
Despite a year of isolation and pandemic restrictions, Jewish communities around the country are finding ways to come together for Yom HaShoah, the annual commemoration to honor the more than six million Jews murdered by Nazis and Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.
When more than 200 survivors gathered last year at the former Nazi extermination camp of Auschwitz to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its liberation, it struck Jonathan Ornstein that there were three days each year to remember Nazi victims but no day to celebrate the lives of Holocaust survivors.
The COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Holocaust survivors in a local synagogue started out a bit ominously: A police cruiser was stationed outside and a bomb-sniffing German Shepherd was deployed inside, zealously looking for explosives.
Lily Ebert, at age 97, and Debra Winant at 101, have every intention of surviving the pandemic too.
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“I can’t tell you what it looks like on the film, but it’s an ingenious idea,” said Lili Pohlmann, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor.
She never talked about the hardest time of her life. But I didn’t want to lose this history.